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NUJE-UK attributes Bayelsa air crash to hypocritical neglect of Nigerian roads

NUJE-UK attributes Bayelsa air crash to hypocritical neglect of Nigerian roads

The Nigeria Union of Journalists Europe United Kingdom Chapter commiserate with the families and friends of the crash victims of a Nigerian military helicopter resulting in the death of Governor Patrick Yakowa (in photo) of Kaduna State and former National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Owoye Azazi (rtd), their aides, Dauda Tsoho and Warrant Officer Mohammed Kamal and the pilots, Commander Muritala Mohammed Daba and Lt. Adeyemi O. Sowole. Our heartfelt condolences also go to the governments and the people of Kaduna and Bayelsa States.

The Nigeria Union of Journalists Europe United Kingdom Chapter is embittered by the irreparable loss of lives in recent months occasioned by air crashes and further drawbacks this latest crash has brought to the country’s airspace safety measures. There is no need to spend time and resources in order to raise blueprints or unending investigations into the crash as most Nigerians are aware of the factors.

It is disheartening to learn that the mishap at 3:30pm local time on Saturday in Bayelsa State leading to the death of two top Nigerian officials and four others may have been avoided if they used the roads en-route Port-Harcourt Airport instead the use of aircraft. The Nigeria Union of Journalists Europe UK Chapter regret to know the absence of standard airports in Bayelsa and that most roads across the south-eastern part of the country especially the major but linking roads from Yenegoa in Bayelsa State to Port-Harcourt Airport need urgent rehabilitation.

The NUJE-UK Chapter is calling for sincere commitment to good governance on the part of the political leaders and every concerned public office holders to genuinely address these factors.

May the souls of the departed rest in peace.

Signed 16th December, 2012

LASHLEY OLADIGBOLU, Chairman,  Nigeria Union of Journalists Europe UK Chapter

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